The humble Personal Computer is selling less year-by-year. Figures out this week show a 9% decrease in sales of PCs, and this is in no small part to the abundance of Android Tablets, iPads and Mobile Phones.
Only a few years ago, the thought of living without a PC would have been unbearable for many. However, with the modern power of Tablets and Mobile Phones, less and less people feel compelled to upgrade their PCs when they finally stop working.
Looking at the situation, there really is nothing much you you can’t do now even with a humble mobile phone. And as most people only ever use a PC for browsing the internet, for some, there really is no need for a PC.
Internet use is perfectly acceptable on a tablet or mobile phone, downloading music and movies is just as easy on a tablet and phone, games (although of a different caliber) are widely played on mobile devices, even printing out paperwork such as maps and school-work can be done on any wireless printer with solutions such as Google’s Print Cloud.
For many who crave a “real” keyboard to do minimal office work, there are many bluetooth keyboards available which will turn your tablet into a pretty smart and powerful computer. Simply pair the keyboard with the tablet and you have a PC! Coupled with the powerful Google ecosystem for example (with it’s Google Drive Cloud computing capabilities and Google Documents), this is a powerful set-up that should not be underestimated.
It is predicted that PC sales will continue to fall, and of course as long as people have just one laptop or PC in their house for emergency use, the general public will continue to cuddle up on the sofa and play on their iPads and Android tablets. There’s something about a tablet that is just more comfortable to use than a laptop or PC. It’s an altogether more personal experience, and one which the general population seem to be enjoying.
PC’s are all well and good in work, but the once humble tablet and mobile phone have become mini-computers in their own right. There is nothing that can’t be done on a PC now that you can’t achieve on a mobile device. As an example of this, both Windows and Ubuntu have the same operating systems on their PCs as they do on their computers. What’s more, Ubuntu’s mobile phones can be plugged into a docking system and be used exactly the same as their PC counterparts with the full Ubuntu Operating System being in use on the mobile phone!
My advice, just keep your old laptop or PC as backup for the times you may need to dedicate some time to these ancient devices, and get to grips with your Tablets and Mobile Phones. There’s so much you can do with them, there really is no need for a PC!